Who’s Victory? Aboriginal landowners can now thank the Darwin Courts for …

Comment on Mining company convicted and fined for desecration by Jasmine Sammut.

Who’s Victory?
Aboriginal landowners can now thank the Darwin Courts for setting precedence for the desecration of sacred sites.
Mining companies are invited to perform a cost-benefit analysis next time the irreplaceable social fabric and cultural integrity of Aboriginal sacred sites comes between extending their already extraordinary profits.
A financial penalty of $150,000 is petty cash to the OM Manganese Mining Corp!
Further this money is awarded not to the landowners but to the NT government, who with the assistance of the Northern Land Council, encourage Traditional Owners to approve mining leases on their land.
Conflict of interest much? When 80% of the NT’s current mining activities are conducted on Aboriginal land, this can hardly be seen as a victory.

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